According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, the 76ers have expressed interest in free agent shooting guard Kent Bazemore. He’s not a big name by any means, but he can fill a role at the shooting guard position. With the 76ers waiving James Anderson, there’s a spot to be filled. Jason Richardson remains as the only real option at the two, but the Sixers might chose to buy his contract out before the season begins.
The Sixers have expressed interest in Kent Bazemore, according to sources. ATL, SAS, PHX, BOS, DAL, LAL and UTA also interested.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 3, 2014
Bazemore is only 25 year old and is yet to receive a real shot in the NBA. The 6-foot-5 guard played with the Warriors for the first year and a half of his career, before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline. He only averaged 5.1 minutes per game in his time spent with the Warriors, so there isn’t much to take from his time spent with Golden State. However, Bazemore averaged 28.0 minutes per game in 23 contests with the Lakers, including 15 starts.
In these 23 games, Bazemore averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists, shooting 45 percent from the field and 37 percent from three-point range. Is he an option for Philly? Definitely, but there are a lot of other teams that are interested in his services also. Even though the Sixers are set up for another long and rough season, it remains an interesting place for prospects like Bazemore.
Bazemore needs to sign with a team that will give him minutes to play, which the 76ers will have plenty of. The 76ers might enter somewhat of a bidding war, but they have money to spend. Offering Bazemore $2-4 million per year for 2-3 years isn’t the worst thing to ever happen. He’s known as a good defender also, which is something the 76ers need desperately.
Should the 76ers entertain the services of Kent Bazemore?